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Metro must be reinstated to Sandyford and go further towards Wicklow

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The Irish Times reported that the Metro is to be cancelled to Sandyford. At present the Green Luas line is very overcrowded at rush hour, people can’t get on, and the much higher capacity Metro is needed. The new large town of Cherrywood is being built on the Luas and the very overcrowded M50/N11. In future the Luas is planned to be extended to Bray.  The Metro must be extended to Sandyford, as was planned, and further otherwise the existing Luas will be utterly full. The Metro should end in…

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Mitchell pleased with meeting with NTA

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Greystones Councillors met on Monday with the National Transport Authority who are responsible for bus and train services. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘I was pleased with a very good and open discussion about the problems of Greystones & Kilcoole District. This was better than letters which I felt were more arrogant and I now feel they were taking our problems seriously. We went through a detailed list of rail and bus improvements which we requested.’ The Interim result of a study of providing more DARTs, every 20 instead of 30…

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Council plans Affordable, Social and Private Houses on sites in Greystones & Kilcoole

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The Council is applying for planning permission on  sites at Lott Lane, Kilcoole & by Three Trout Stream, Greystones to build 150 and 160 houses respectively. This is to be split approximately 65 Social, 55 Affordable and 200 private ones in order to provide a good social mix. ‘I especially welcome providing Affordable houses as this has not been done in Wicklow for some years’ Planning submissions should be sent to the Council by the 2nd April by 12.00 pm. The Greystones houses will be well back from the Stream to…

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Greystones public park started but paths muddy 

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Cllr Derek Mitchell welcomed the developer starting work on the public  park, north of the marina, but the Cliff Walk path is very muddy as a result. Both through the site where the trucks cross & along the path.  I have asked the developer and Council to urgently make a better temporary surface in view of the many people using it. The developer has quickly said he will clean the crossing and will keep it clean after heavy machines have crossed. These will mostly remain in the north area so…

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Greystones area. The Train & Bus services have recently been reduced causing extra traffic jams. Councillors Proposals to get people back on to Public Transport.

Posted by | Bus/Train, Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

Short Term Proposals: Trains & DART Ensure all DARTs at peak hour services are increased to 8 cars. Complete Jacobs Engineering study on more DARTs to Greystones and indicate how a 20 minute DART service to Greystones can be introduced. Park an extra DART in Greystones overnight to facilitate the morning rush hour. Run 1 extra diesel service south of Greystones at the peak hour as per Iarnrod Eireann’s Rail Capacity Study 2011 and provide additional off peak shuttle service. Ensure that all peak hour diesels have 8 cars as…

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Greystones Councillors meet Transport providers to demand better Public Transport

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The recent transport changes have produced a slower DART and changes to buses. Councillors have produced a detailed list of short and long term measures to get people back onto Public Transport. On Monday Councillors met Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, T.Ds., and a representative of Shane Ross Minister for Transport and outlined the points. The DART Manager, Chris Rafferty said that all Greystones rush hour DARTs would be at least 6 cars and most 8. There had been some 4 car ones earlier which led to overcrowding. He is also…

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Mitchell pleased N11 Improvement & Safety funding for 2019

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Transport Infrastructure Ireland has announced funding of €2m for the Kilmacanoge safety scheme which I hope can be completed in 2019. This will provide a separate slower lane, Southbound, for exiting and business traffic similar to the Lucan Road and should enable an increase in through traffic speed. They have also allocated €1m to the design process for the major improvement works from Bray North to Coyne’s Cross. This recently started with the public consultation session in the Glenview Hotel.  ‘I have been lobbying for this for many years am…

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Mitchell welcomes N11/M11 public consultation on 11th December

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 The consultants who have recently been appointed to redesign the M11/N11 from Bray North junction to Coynes Cross are holding a consultation session from 12 noon to 8 pm in the Glenview Hotel on Tuesday 11th December. The public and interested parties are invited to give information and find out about the stages ahead. ‘I welcome this progress as I have been lobbying to get this started for many years including meeting Leo Varadkar TD, now Taoiseach, 4 times to lobby for it. This is vital for all East Wicklow. However…

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Mitchell presses Minister Eoghan Murphy for funds for Delgany to Blacklion Road

Posted by | Delgany, Transport | No Comments

Photo shows Cllr Derek Mitchell asking Minister for Environment Eoghan Murphy for funds. The Delgany to Blacklion Road upgrade is badly needed, with four large schools on it, and has been planned for 30 years. I have been frustrated trying to get it moving for a decade and brought this up with the Minister at the recent Fine Gael Ard Feis.

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Mitchell says changes needed to Kilcoole & Newcastle 84 bus service

Posted by | Bus/Train, Kilcoole, Newcastle | No Comments

The new timetable has deleted 3 Northbound services and 1 Southbound leaving 19 and 18. This is a major reduction (15% Northbound) at the same time as a reduction in train service. Naturally more people will use cars on the already overcrowded roads and many new houses are being built. It is also contrary to the future Bus Connects plans for a better service. I have asked the NTA & Dublin Bus to urgently change: a.     Previous 07.20 North which schoolchildren got to Bray and elsewhere. They will now be driven….

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